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9 Things You Didn’t Know About the Starbucks Frappuccino

If you're a Frappuccino fanatic, check out these little-known facts about the Starbucks Frappuccino.

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Starbucks Lemon Bar FrappuccinoCourtesy Starbucks

The possibilities really are endless

The Starbucks Frappuccino is a line of iced, blended coffee drinks usually topped with whipped cream and flavored syrup. Basically, it’s a coffee milkshake (but not all of them contain coffee). Just like milkshakes, the Frappuccino flavor possibilities are endless. You can mix and match nearly every item in the store! Just check out this list of Frappuccinos on the Starbucks secret menu.

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Starbucks Mocha Coconut FrappuccinoCourtesy Starbucks

It started as an experiment

The Frappuccino all started with a creative barista in California with a blender. Dina Campion, a 20-year-old Starbucks employee, got permission from Starbucks headquarters to test out an iced blended coffee drink at her Los Angeles store. It quickly became a hit. Two years later, Starbucks launched the Frappuccino at every location in the US and Canada. The first two flavors were coffee and mocha.

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Starbucks Strawberry Shortcake FrappuccinoCourtesy Starbucks

Not all Frappuccinos contain coffee

Not a coffee fan? You can still enjoy a refreshing Frappuccino. The most popular coffee-free Frappuccinos are the Vanilla Bean Frappuccino, the Strawberry Frappuccino, the Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino and the Matcha Green Tea Frappuccino (though this one does contain caffeine).

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Starbucks Affogato-Style FrappuccinoCourtesy Starbucks

You can order affogato-style

If you want to sound like a chic Italiano, order your Frappuccino affogato-style. A barista pours a shot of espresso over your Frappuccino, and the hot espresso mingles with the icy Frappuccino to create creamy pockets of coffee. The finished drink has an enticing marbled effect.

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Seattle, UNITED STATES: Employees prepare beverages in the first Starbucks coffee shop in Seattle, 30 September 2006. Starbucks Corp. said it would raise most beverage prices at its US and Canadian coffee shops by five cents USD next month to help offset increased costs for fuel and labor. Starbucks opened its first location in Seattle's Pike Place Market in 1971. AFP PHOTO/GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)GABRIEL BOUYS/Getty Images

They contain more sugar than you think

Most people know the Frappuccino is not exactly a health drink—but you might be surprised by just how many calories and sugar are in one. For example, a Venti (24 oz.) Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino has 590 calories; that’s more than a McDonald’s Big Mac! Not to mention 76 grams of sugar, equivalent to almost four full-size Snickers candy bars.

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30 October 2018, Mexico, Mexiko-Stadt: Miguel Angel Martinez Sarmiento works as a barista in a branch of the US coffee house "Starbucks" and pours milk into a can. All the employees at the coffee shop, which opened in Del Valle Sur at the beginning of September, are over 60 years old. (to dpa "US coffee house operates senior branch in Mexico City" from 01.11.2018) Photo: Antonia Märzhäuser/dpa (Photo by Antonia Märzhäuser/picture alliance via Getty Images)picture alliance/Getty Images

You can shave calories off your Frappuccino

One of the best ways to reduce calories is to order your Starbucks Frappuccino without whipped cream. You can also ask for nonfat milk (or non-dairy milk like almond or coconut milk) or sugar-free syrups. A quicker option is to request your Frappuccino to be made “light,” and you’ll automatically get sugar-free syrup, nonfat milk and no whipped cream.

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You can order a Baby Yoda FrappuccinoCourtesy @todayinaphoto/Instagram

You can order a Baby Yoda Frappuccino

There have been some truly wacky Frappuccino creations from both creative customers and official Starbucks flavor launches. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Baby Yoda Frappuccino: ask for a matcha green tea Frappuccino with caramel drizzle on the cup, whipped cream and more caramel syrup and caramel crunch topping. See how to order more limited edition Starbucks drinks, like the Birthday Cake Frappuccino.

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Milk green tea smoothie and Red bean milk green tea smoothie with whipped creamdontree_m/Getty Images

There are international Frappuccino flavors

In China you can order a Red Bean Green Tea Frappuccino which contains sweetened whole kernels of red beans scooped into a Green Tea Frappuccino. The next time you’re in Japan, try the Hojicha Frappuccino. It’s made with Hojicha (a gently roasted Japanese green tea) and Earl Grey tea jelly.

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Starbucks Mini FrappuccinoCourtesy Starbucks

Frappuccinos aren’t as popular as they used to be

In 2015, Frappuccino sales grew 17% over 2014. But by 2018, sales of the drink were down 3%. The decline in popularity is probably due to more health-conscious Starbucks customers. But don’t worry, the Frappuccino isn’t going anywhere. As of 2019 Frappuccino sales had plateaued; they’re not growing but they’re not declining, and the Frappuccino remains a Starbucks staple.

Erica Young
Erica is a freelance lifestyle writer with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Her favorite recipes are quick, easy and something her kids will actually eat. When she's not writing you'll find her organizing a closet, roaming the aisles at Target or nursing her third Diet Coke of the day.

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